We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Cat Vaccinations

Vaccination plays an important role in the control of infectious diseases, both for an individual cat, as well as the cat population (herd health.) Our goal is to vaccinate each cat only against infectious agents to which it has a realistic risk of exposure. This means we aim to vaccinate a cat only when the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks – to vaccinate each cat no more frequently than necessary and to vaccinate appropriately to protect human/public health.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Yes! While indoor cats generally have a low risk of exposure to infectious agents, due to no contact with other cats, they may still be exposed by indirect transmission of agents brought in on owners clothing, shoes, etc. In theory, strictly indoor cats may be even moreĀ susceptible to developing panleukopenia because their immune systems are not boosted through natural exposure. Exposure to rabies is also possible through bats that fly into people’s houses. While this may sound ridiculous, every year we come across clients who have found a bat in their house! Rabies is very serious as it is a zoonotic disease (transmissible to humans) and can be fatal.

What is FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?

Core vaccines are those vaccines that are recommended for ALL CATS. These include feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia. These viruses can cause severe upper respiratory infections, lethargy, anorexia, severe immunosuppression and death. Rabies is also considered a core vaccine, as this virus is endemic in Alberta, and the consequences of infection are deadly. There are other non-core vaccines, such as feline leukemia, recommended for cats that go outside, or multi-cat households. Regardless of vaccine requirements, an annual physical exam is of utmost importance.

How often does my adult cat need vaccination?

The FVRCP vaccine is labelled to be given every three years. The rabies vaccine and feline leukemia vaccines are labelled to be given annually.

Are there any risks associated with vaccines?

There are many risk variables that we take into consideration before vaccinating, including overall health, immunodeficiency, immunosuppressive therapy, and nutritional status. With any vaccine, there is a rare possibility of allergic reaction. This happens very quickly after vaccination and may cause loss of appetite, pain at the site of injection, lethargy, vomiting, and fever. There is also the rare possibility (less than 0.0001 %) of developing a feline injection site sarcoma. This is a malignant tumour linked to vaccine injection, especially if given higher up on the body.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital